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Welcome! Research Guide for Principles and Practices of Civic Engagement SEMN 295

This guide is intended to help you research topics in Civic Engagement.

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About Principles and Practices of Civic Engagement: SEMN 295:

This course for sophomore Civic Engagement Scholars and other sophomores with experience in service-learning will enhance their skills, knowledge and attitudes as effective social justice leaders and deepen their understanding of the processes and outcomes of critical service-learning as a tool for social change. Students will explore the structures, history, and intersections among the social justice issues that our programs address -educational and heath equity; immigrant rights; mass incarceration; reproductive rights; sustainability and food justice; and others - and will trace connections from the local to the global. Students will expand and apply the learning they derive from working with communities by examining the rationale for and best practices in experiential education and higher education initiatives to link personal and political commitments, public action, and democracy. They will study, design and lead structured reflection, a key component of community engagement for social justice.

Develop a research plan

Develop your research question

What are the key concepts of your question?  Can you broaden or narrow your focus? Consider focusing on one or more of the following:

  • time period
  • place
  • specific event   
  • specific people

Does your research question overlap other subject areas such as sociology, psychology or political science?

Think of 2- 3 questions that you will need to explore.

  • Think about the history of your question, and its categories.
  • Who are the key people? What did they do? Why did it happen?

Under each question, think about the following aspects:

  • What do you already know about your question or issue?
  • What do you need to learn to better understand your question or issue?
  • What kinds of information resources might provide the answer to these questions?

    Consider your audience.

    • Who will read your paper?
    • Why will it be of interest to them?
    • What will be new to them?

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